DC– 198/4 (18.2 over)
Shikhar Dhawan- 92(49)
Prithvi Shaw- 32(17)
PBKS- 195/4 (20 over)
Mayank Agarwal- 69(36)
KL Rahul- 61(51)
RESULT: DC won by 6 wickets
Must give credit to Pant and DC to restrict Punjab to this score… There was a time when it looked they will go on and make 220!
How easily have DC chased this down! Comfortably home with 10 balls to spare making a mockery of the 195-run target. Shikhar Dhawan was a treat to watch, scoring an effortless 92 and just not allowing Punjab to get a foothold in the run chase. Tailormade conditions for him where he could hit through the line on a belter of a pitch, with dew further making life miserable for the fielding side. Punjab definitely left a few runs out there today. From where they were, they should’ve gone well over 200. KL Rahul will probably need to have a relook at his approach with the bat, especially on pitches like this.
Man of the Match:
It was a conscious effort from my side. I knew I have to improve on that (strike rate). Started taking more risks. Not afraid of changes, always open towards it. Not scared of getting out as well. Have worked on a few shots. My slog shot has improved a lot. It was there earlier as well, but now I play it more freely. I’m more relaxed, having played for so many years. Don’t take things for granted. Great opening with Prithvi. Happy with the way he played today and scored those 30-40 runs.—Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match
Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award: Mayank Agarwal
CRED Power Player of the Match: Prithvi Shaw
Safari Super Striker of the Match: Marcus Stoinis
Dream11 GameChanger of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match: Kagiso Rabada
It’s nice to get into the tournament, pretty important for us to win. It’s only early in the season but every game here feels so important. At the 10-over mark, we were trying to keep them under 250, we did well to keep them under 200. The focus is always to start well and then the simple cliches of cricket – good partnerships and then leave it up to the finishers in the end. Shikhar is brilliant, he has carried on his form last year, he’s really hungry for runs. Two games ago, he started the season so well and he’s backed it up today. The team is definitely better when he’s doing well. It’s important to get into the tournament early as an individual, it is handy to hit a few off the middle. The start of the tournament is probably the time when you can try a few things. Every game feels like a final, we know that from last year, we think (after) 5-6 games, you need to have your team sorted. Not required (to bowl), haven’t been coming out the best, it’s pretty wet out there. It is a work in progress here and we’ll all be required at some stage.Marcus Stoinis
There was a little help (for shot making), it’s better than the last game we played, it’s a lot easier than that. It’s not very easy with the new ball. If we can hit good areas, it’s going to be tough for them. We had a bad last game. We said we are not going to think of a score. We looked to hit good cricket shots, get into good positions, that’s what we did and we got off to a flier. I wish we got 250 (chuckles). (After the last game) We did speak about it, but not at length. We made sure we reflected on the few good things we had even on that day. Quick debrief and then looked forward to what’s coming ahead. Also the talk was, if a game like that happens early on in the season, it’s good for the side. You finish those kind of games early on. I think it’s a good score, there isn’t much dew. Also credit to the way the Delhi bowlers bowled. They executed really well from the 13th over. We have a good game in hand.Mayank Agarwal
Winning Captain, Rishabh Pant (DC):
Coming from a loss, winning the next match was important. Have already started enjoying captaincy. But we were under pressure at the start, the wicket was not doing much. Bowlers did a good job keeping them to 190. What he’s (Dhawan) giving to the team is commendable. Want to keep it light so people can enjoy their cricket.
Losing Captain, KL Rahul (PBKS):
Victory would have been sweet, so it’s slightly disappointing. But we have a lot of games, so hopefully we come back stronger and win few games. Right now it looks 10-15 runs short, but I think 190-odd looked good. Me and Mayank thought 180-190 would have been great on this wicket. Shikhar batted well, so congratulations to them. When we come to Wankhede, bowling second is always a challenge. We prepare for such conditions. It does get difficult against these quality batters. I’m not saying that because I’m on the losing side. Bowlers try to bowl with the wet ball, but it’s always difficult to do that. I asked the umpires to change the ball a couple of times (as it was wet), but the rule book doesn’t allow that.